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William Corbett


William Corbett was born on October 11, 1942. He received a BA from Lafayette College in 1964.

Corbett published numerous collections of poetry, including Elegies for Michael Gizzi (Kat Ran Press, 2012), The Whalen Poem (Hanging Loose Press, 2011), and Opening Day (Hanging Loose Press, 2008).

He also authored a memoir, Furthering My Education (Zoland Books, 1997); two collections of literary essays; books on artists, including painter Philip Guston; and edited The Letters of James Schulyer (Turtle Point Press, 2004).

A longtime resident of Boston, where he was known for hosting literary salons, he taught at Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and, later, New York University. He was a cofounder of the Somerville-based Pressed Wafer publishing house. He died of pancreatic cancer on August 10, 2018, in Brooklyn, New York.

Selected Bibliography

Elegies for Michael Gizzi (Kat Ran Press, 2012)
The Whalen Poem (Hanging Loose Press, 2011)
Opening Day (Hanging Loose Press, 2008)
Boston Vermont (Zoland Books, 1999)
New & Selected Poems (Zoland Books, 1995)
Don't Think, Look (Zoland Books, 1991)
On Blue Note (Zoland Books, 1989)
Collected Poems (National Poetry Foundation, (1984)
Runaway Pond (Apple-wood Books, 1981)

All Prose: Selected Essays and Reviews (Zoland Books, 2001)
New York Literary Lights (Graywolf Press, 1998)
Furthering My Education: A Memoir (Zoland Books, 1997)
Philip Guston's Late Work: A Memoir (Zoland Books, 1994)
Literary New England: A History and Guide (Faber and Faber, 1993)

By This Poet



Fisherman's arm
Up and down
Like a pump handle
The old-fashioned way
Flashing a large silver
Spangle off the bottom
Where lakers lurk in August.
Barefoot Thelonious and Bruno
Run in the grass of memory.